Des Moines, Iowa—Iowa Innovation Corporation (IICorp) has announced changes with its leadership team.
IICorp president and CEO Kirk Bjorland has announced his resignation in order to explore and pursue new opportunities in the private market. He will remain at the IICorp until the end of December to support the organization through this transition. He has been with the organization since 2015.
“My time at IICorp has been extremely fulfilling, and the Corporation is in a very healthy position with a great team in place for future growth,” Bjorland said. “My goal was to establish IICorp as a leader, partner, and connector all across Iowa. IICorp is a leader in the innovation space and will continue to build public/private collaboration that support Iowa’s innovative companies.”
Laura Stein, vice president of IICorp, has been promoted to interim president and COO. She joined the corporation in 2012, having previously worked for the Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).
“I look forward to leading the IICorp as we continue to strengthen our relationships with the IEDA, the Iowa Innovation Council, and entities both throughout the state and nationally,” said Stein. “I am confident that the IICorp will continue to provide Iowa innovators with the springboard they need to achieve commercial success.”
IICorp helps provide Iowa’s innovative and high-tech businesses with the infrastructure and capital they need to succeed. The corporation facilitates relationships between companies commercializing innovative products and technologies and the resources they need to succeed. Through its work, IICorp helps accelerate the development of good ideas into bankable ventures that can grow Iowa’s economy and attract talent to the state.